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JERUSALEM, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A fourth shot of COVID-19 vaccine boosts antibodies to even higher levels than the third jab but it likely is not enough to prevent Omicron infections, according to a preliminary study in Israel.The vaccines led to a increase in the number of antibodies “even a little bit higher than what we had after the third dose”, said Regev-Yochay, adding that the results were preliminary and not yet published.Israel was the fastest country to roll out initial vaccinations a year ago and last month started offering a fourth shot, or a second booster, to the most…

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Covid US: Omicron surge and supply chain issues result in storefronts with empty shelves. Store shelves across the United States are once again barren amid a surge in coronavirus cases and supply-chain issues, in an eerie reminder of the days when Americans scrambled to get toilet paper at the start of the pandemic. According to Reuters, as more Americans were forced to quarantine due to the Omicron outbreak – either because they contracted the virus or because they were forced to self-isolate for five days – demand for groceries increased. However, supplies have remained low as Omicron-infected workers across the…

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BBC bosses have pledged to “continue to make a strong case to the Government for investing” in the corporation after the licence fee came under fire.In a message sent to staff, director-general Tim Davie and chairman Richard Sharp said they “welcomed” debate and “look forward to engaging in a discussion about public service broadcasting in the UK and how best to fund it”.Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said at the weekend the next announcement about the BBC licence fee “will be the last”, saying she wants to find a new funding model for the broadcaster after the current licence fee funding…

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By David StanwaySHANGHAI, Jan 17 (Reuters) – China is doubling down on its “zero-COVID” strategy, saying the spread of the potentially milder Omicron variant is no reason to lower its guard amid warnings of economic disruptions and even public unrest as lockdowns drag into a third year.As other countries talk about a transition from “pandemic” to “endemic”, China has stepped up policies to stamp out any new outbreak as soon as it arises, sealing off cities, shutting transport links and launching mass testing programmes.The approach has kept infections at a minimum, but some experts warn that China could become the…

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Ministers are setting out a flurry of policies, under the title Operation Red Meat, which are designed to revive Boris Johnson’s fortunes as he faces continuing anger over “partygate” allegations.Fury over the gatherings was compounded when it emerged that two events were held in No 10 the day before the Queen had to sit alone at the funeral of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, last year.The Prime Minister had already apologised for personally attending a “bring your own booze” party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, during the first coronavirus lockdown.Six Tory MPs have publicly called for…

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MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Alexander Zverev took time to warm up and had to dig deep against fellow German Daniel Altmaier in his first match of the Australian Open on Monday as the world number three kick-started his bid to add a maiden Grand Slam title to his Olympic gold.The 24-year-old Zverev, who won the men’s singles gold in Tokyo last year, defeated the 87th-ranked Altmaier 7-6(3) 6-1 7-6(1) under the lights at the Rod Laver Arena to set up a second round meeting against Australian John Millman.”Not much went to plan today to be honest except that I…

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While renovating the floor boards in his home, the father discovers an old rotting cellar. When looking for rotten floorboards, a father discovered an old cellar and converted it into a home theater. When Ben Mann, 39, discovered the stairwell leading to an old cellar in his Victorian home in Cradley Heath, West Midlands, he couldn’t believe his eyes. Mr Mann and his partner, Kimberley Jane, moved into the house in April 2015, and soon after they noticed rotten floorboards and decided to investigate, they discovered the cellar. Mr Mann put the project on hold after discovering the cellar was…

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By Andrea ShalalWASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury took key steps over the past year to address longstanding economic injustices facing Americans of color, but still has “much more work” ahead to narrow the racial wealth divide, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Monday.Yellen told a meeting hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network rights group that Treasury was working to right economic wrongs called out by slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr in his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.”He knew that economic injustice was bound up in the larger injustice…

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LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The British pound edged higher on Monday, nearing a 2-12 month high, as investors ramped up bets that the Bank of England will raise interest rates as early as next month.Recent data has raised expectations the British economy is rebounding strongly from the pandemic.GDP data on Friday showed the economy is bigger than what it was before the first COVID-19 lockdown while employment data on Tuesday is expected to be robust.Money markets are fully pricing in one rate hike by next month and one full percentage point increase in interest rates by the end of…

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Swedish authorities are puzzled by reports that drones last week were seen hovering over two nuclear power plants on the country’s Baltic Sea coast.Police said Sunday that preliminary investigations have been launched, adding the probes are being handled locally by investigators but they are coordinated nationally by the Swedish police´s national operational department. Police have no suspects.Late Friday, police were alerted about the drones but lost track of the unmanned aircraft. Swedish media said the drones were large enough to withstand the wind that was blowing over the area.Hans Liwang, an associate professor with the Swedish…

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